Arkansas Politics

State Rep. Greg Leding (D-Fayetteville)
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Changes went into effect Wednesday to the previously legal practice of giving away one’s adopted children to non-relatives without state involvement. The practice known as rehoming is now a felony.

The measure, sponsored by State Representative David Meeks (R-Greenbrier) was passed in the final days of the 2015 regular session of the Arkansas Legislature. The legislation followed reports in the Arkansas Times of Rep. Justin Harris (R-West Fork) rehoming his daughters to a family friend and employee who was later convicted of raping multiple minors.

State Rep. Greg Leding (D-Fayetteville)
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Changes went into effect Wednesday to the previously legal practice of giving away one’s adopted children to non-relatives without state involvement. The practice known as rehoming is now a felony.

The measure, sponsored by State Representative David Meeks (R-Greenbrier) was passed in the final days of the 2015 regular session of the Arkansas Legislature. The legislation followed reports in the Arkansas Times of Rep. Justin Harris (R-West Fork) rehoming his daughters to a family friend and employee who was later convicted of raping multiple minors.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will be the next Republican presidential candidate to visit Arkansas. The Texas senator will appear August 12 at the Crawford County Lincoln Day Dinner.

The news was confirmed at the Reagan-Rockefeller Dinner Friday in Hot Springs following the appearance there by businessman Donald Trump. Trump drew a crowd of 1,000 Republicans to hear him proclaim himself the best candidate for the job because of his deal-making ability and because he won’t accept outside campaign donations.

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Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton struck a familiar campaign theme in a speech to partisans in North Little Rock Saturday night.

"Democrats are in the future business," the Democratic front-runner in the 2016 presidential race said. "(Republicans) may have fresh faces, but they are a party of the past."

Clinton spoke before a crowd of close to 2,000 at the state Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at Verizon Arena. The $200-a-plate dinner was expected to raise about $450,000 for the state party.

Dennis Milligan treasurer
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Officials at the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network say a staffer at the Arkansas Treasurer's office inappropriately used the nonprofit's equipment while he was an employee also volunteering on Treasurer Dennis Milligan's campaign.

Nonprofit spokesman Ray Carson says in an email Friday the 501(c)(4) group had finished its investigation into campaign emails sent by Jason Brady, now the treasurer's deputy chief of staff, using his email address at the nonprofit.

Health Care Task Force Chair, Senate Majority Leader Jim Hendren (R-Gravette) during a break in the meeting.
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Investing in better case management and healthcare coordination for Arkansas’s high cost patient populations is an important step if Arkansas wants to lower overall healthcare spending. That’s according to a report presented Wednesday to the Health Care Task Force by its consultant the Stephen Group.

Managing Partner John Stephen told lawmakers Arkansas’s investment falls short.

donald trump
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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he disagrees with Donald Trump's controversial comments regarding immigrants, but says the businessman and presidential hopeful is still welcome at the state GOP's fundraiser this weekend.

The Republican governor said Trump is entitled to have a venue to court voters in Arkansas, and he hoped other presidential hopefuls would come to the state since lawmakers moved next year's primary from May to March. Trump is headlining the state GOP's Reagan-Rockefeller dinner in Hot Springs on Friday night.

Office of the Governor

More than 15,000 individuals have lost state government health benefits because their family incomes vary at least 10% from their original applications and they did not respond to government requests to verify their incomes.

That’s according to a letter sent to lawmakers by Gov. Asa Hutchinson Monday. Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, posted the letter to his Twitter feed.

The nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers announced on Tuesday has been met with condemnation from Arkansas’s Congressional delegation. The six Republicans argue nothing less than an entirely nuclear free Iran is acceptable and that the deal won’t keep Iran from acquiring nuclear arms capabilities. 

Arkansas Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Dr. Mark Gotcher and State Rep. Charlotte Douglass (R-Alma).
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Schools in Fort Smith will be among the first to benefit from Arkansas’s two-year plan to improve broadband internet access. Education officials told a joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees on Monday that the Fort Smith School District, as of Wednesday, will be able to provide a 200 kilobit minimum for each student.

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